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We’ve touched on the generation gap issue in MMA before, so we weren’t surprised to see Larry King, who is positively ancient, look a little lost when he talks about this "ultimate boxing" stuff. Fortunately, Renaissance man Jesse Ventura is there to correct him — "’Ultimate fighting,’ you mean," — and even offers what appears to be an informed opinion on UFC 100, saying he loved it right up until Brock Lesnar made him feel "ashamed." You and me both, Jesse.
But as advocates go, Ventura’s a pretty good one to have on your side. He’s old enough to have some cred with King’s over-70 crowd, he was the governor of Minnesota (Lesnar’s home state), and he was in the greatest action movie ever made. Even just that last one would be enough for me.
What’s great is that Ventura makes most of the same arguments we would, pointing out that boxing is actually more dangerous and that this is the true test to see who is the most complete fighter. He also drops a pretty sweet line about not needing hand-to-hand combat when you’ve got a machine gun, immediately after which Larry King presumably nodded off and the interview had to be cut.